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22.09.2006 | Halya Coynash

When mystery turns into low-grade situation comedy

   

As a child, my ambitions changed by the hour – a doctor, a writer, a lighthouse attendant.  Never, admittedly, a politician.  Given this omission, I guess I can’t fathom the mental deliberations of those who first take that path, and then abandon it.  I think I can add that to my ever-lengthening list of baffling aspects of human nature.

What I find harder to simply relegate to the said list is how Nina Karpachova, either State Deputy, or Human Rights Ombudsperson, or (extraordinary!) both, can seriously be suggesting that she rejects her deputy status, and continues to serve as Human Rights Ombudsperson.  A point which should go without saying, but that I saw the need to labour just days ago  [http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1158704166], this post is an extremely important one in any country and requires a person whose impartiality and commitment to defending human rights regardless of political shades are unquestioned. 

Having opted to stand for parliament, on the voter list of one of the factions in power, Nina Karpachova has manifestly lost the ability to command such confidence from the Ukrainian people, and from the international community. 

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